author: Rebecca Hamilton
series: Forever Girl #1
published: 27 January 2012
genre(s): fantasy, romance
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"Whatever you do, fight."
Sophia's family has skeletons, but they aren't in their graves.
At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.
Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she'd settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.
One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor's hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.
Survival in his world, she learns, means not asking questions and staying out of the immortal council's way. It's a line she crossed long ago. If Sophia wants to survive the council and save the people she loves, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.
The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampire fiction, ghost stories, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.
The Forever Girl is the first in a new series by author Rebecca Hamilton and I absolutely loved it. Sophia is a tremendous heroine, easily loved within moments of beginning her story. She is an outcast in a teeny town, shunned because of how others perceive her. To make matters worse, she is virtually alone in the world, making her a character that you just want to hug and make everything all better for her. All of the characters were wonderfully developed, many of them throwing me for a loop as time went on. I loved that even the less central characters had their own distinct personalities and stories. That made for a fantastically fun read.
I loved the twists and turns that the plot took, keeping me turning the pages. Just as soon as I thought I had things reasoned out, something would happen to change everything. The story went back and forth in time periodically, but it did so seamlessly, strengthening rather than muddying the story. One of my favorite parts of the book was the dedication to accuracy and detail to Sophia’s Wiccan ways. This can be lacking in witchy fiction and can be disappointing if you know better. So I truly appreciated that aspect.
I truly cannot wait for the next book in this series! Definitely a recommended read!